Business card design is a challenging art. Rather than having each field separately labeled in a traditional way, I really love this minimalist design as the email address contains all relevant info, except the phone number. Great idea!
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The designer from Valencia, Daniel Gantes had the inspired idea of creating this ingenious minimal dining table called La Cool Vie Boheme. It is a foldable dining table that can be placed easily in a narrow space because of its minimalist design. Its solid material, the pine wood provides its necessary force to sustain different objects that you need in order to have a real dinner. It is an ideal piece of furniture for those with a low budget or live in a narrow space and a nonconformist way of having dinner.
Luisa Chillida is a Spain-based artist full of creativity and imagination. I really like her stunning and minimalist sculptures, mostly made of letters and lines.
Swiss artist Zimoun uses sound in order to create magic. His work is very minimal, based on reductive methods, aesthetics and simplicity, Zimoun creates artificial simple systems, which generate very complex and somehow living structures in sound and motion. He has received the 2010 Prix Ars Electronica: The clean, elegant sound sculptures combine visual, sonic, and spatial elements in an organically balanced entirely artwork. Using simple and well conceived mechanical systems, Zimouns‘s work transforms and activates the space. I simply love it. See Zimoun works.
Los Angeles based architecture firm X Ten recently completed their remodel of the Nakahouse, a 1960′s hillside home. The home sits tightly in the Hollywood hills where it looks out onto breathtaking views of the city below. The team at X Ten explained that the existing home was built as a series of interconnected terraced spaces on the down slope property. Because of zoning and geographical constraints X Ten built off of the existing footprint.
Canadian architect Todd Saunders has designed a series of simple clean artist studios on a remote island off Newfoundland in Canada, named the Fogo island. His dispersed group of sturdy ultra-modern buildings have a shelf life of a few generations or so, after which the buildings are supposed to disintegrate and leave the island devoid of manmade scarring. I love these minimal and modern buildings respectful of the landscape and environment. More on this project can be found on Edition29 STRUCTURES iPad magazine.
Cauca is a Korean design brand that collaborates with the most established and emerging designers to create inspiring decorative objects for the living environment. They teamed up with Jay Jiwoong Baek to produce the very minimalist Eclipse wall clock designed around the imagery of a solar eclipse. The hands are invisible and you can only see the circles at their tips, when they overlap several times a day, the appearance of a solar eclipse is generated.
Claude Rutault (1941) has had a highly important role in art in France since the 1970s. He is a conceptual artist although Rutault doesn’t see himself as a conceptual artist but as a painter. Since 1973, Claude Rutault uses a simple method to create new artworks. Definition/Method is a text, describing a procedure that makes it possible to realize a painting by Claude Rutault. Basically, with Rutault, the wall is becoming an integral part of the artwork. For example, the definition/method 1 of 1973 reads: canvas per unit. a canvas braced on a stretcher, painted the same colour as the wall on which it is hung. can be used standard formats available in the trade, be they rectangular, square, round or oval. hanging arrangement is traditional. The identity of the canvas colour with the wall has led to development of a corpus of over 300 definitions/methods. Artworks from Claude Rutault are visible at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. I really love the simplicity of his work, visually, but also his formulation and critical analysis of the art world, founded on the social operation between the work and the artist, their gallery, the collector, the museum and the auction house.
The sideboard Conchiglia (shell) by StudioCharlie for Lema is inspired by the geometric form of a spiral, which is infinite both in its origin and its development. What we see when we observe a spiral is a portion of it. As it develops it becomes too large to be perceived by the human eye, and in its origin it is too small for us to see the minute details. The sideboard Conchiglia is built on a portion of a spiral. As the geometric form develops, the size of the doors increases, and where the details become invisible at the origin of the spiral there is a void, a concentrated space. The sideboard’s resolute design – its square shape and compact mass – give strength to its presence.
Designed by Dror Benshetrit, QuaDror is a versatile structural support system. Dror researched, created, designed and finally came up with an innovative multi-use space truss geometry that is capable of five main applications: dividing, dwelling, trestle, fenestration and artistic installation. Based on four identical L-shaped minimal pieces, the real beauty about QuaDror is its flexibility. A very smart idea.
Otaat is a Los Angeles-based design label headed by creative director Albert Chu. The bags designed by the studio are offering the convenience of bags while minimizing the elements used for decoration only. Otaat has released a second series of modern canvas carriers. Joining the Bagby and Tu Bag, the Space bag and Canoe bag follow in the same Otaat tradition of multi-function and usability. I really like the simplicity and lightness of theses bags.
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is one of my favorite writers and bloggers. He is also a recognized expert in the field of personal productivity. You may already be familiar with his work, especially his first published physical book, The Power of Less. His latest ebook is called The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life, with the ambition to help people live a simpler, happier life! What will this ebook help you with: - Clearing clutter and reducing your possessions - Figuring out what’s necessary, and how to be content with less - Simplifying your schedule, your work, and living a less stressful life - Creating a minimalist workspace, home, computer, financial life - How to go paperless and digitize your life A Minimalist values quality, not quantity in all forms. It is not life of nothing, it is a life of richness, in less…